The text of my bug against "registered categories".
pelliott at blackpatchpanel.com
Sat Aug 6 17:40:25 PDT 2011
On Saturday, August 06, 2011 12:07:59 PM you wrote:
> On Fri, 2011-08-05 at 17:30 -0500, Paul Elliott wrote:
> > it is easy for any off the top of one's head to think of important
> > areas of software that is just not covered by the main categories,
> > AudioVideo, Audio, Video, Development, Education, Game, Graphics,
> > Network, Office, Settings, System, or Utility .
> The goal is not to provide an ontology that is complete. If there is no
> open source ship navigation software then no category is needed.
> Instead of mentioning (e.g. in bug 39785) that if specific software were
> to be available for an open source desktop it would be misclassified, my
> guess is that if you can name, say, a dozen widely-used open source
> packages that would fit best into a proposed new category you'll get
> more traction.
> Implementations are free to support additional categories. The document
>  only gives categories that every conforming desktop environment must
> (in the IETF sense of must) support.
Currently major distos are requiring that .desktop files to be compatible with
Perhaps each distro should dream up its own incompatible extension to
Just as each packager is now required to dream up his own misclassification
which may be incompatible with the misclassification of some other developer.
Someday all these misclassifications will have to be fixed causing
administrative problems. It could all be fixed now, if someone would make some
Nobody expects freedesktop to come up with the perfect system. Perfection in
any classifications scheme is probably impossible as all such systems depend on
arbitrary human judgments. But I fail to understand why an obviously broken
system that no one on freedesktop will come forward and defend is enshrined
like it was the Mona Lisa.
Its not like we were talking about a 100,000 line program or even a 100 line
program. This is a few lines in a freaken text file!
This is why I ask the question what is really going on here? Don't tell me the
UFO space aliens are at it again. -:) Probably the real explanation is garden
variety bureaucratic incompetence. Everyone should read Heinline on the
subject of committees!
Paul Elliott 1(512)837-1096
pelliott at BlackPatchPanel.com PMB 181, 11900 Metric Blvd Suite J
http://www.free.blackpatchpanel.com/pme/ Austin TX 78758-3117
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